*LITANY OF THE DEAD 2010*
*created by Dagonet Dewr – October 29, 2010*
*As always, feel free to disseminate freely; I ask only that distribution be
complete. I also have noticed this year there is no central source for
recording the dead in the Pagan and Heathen communities. I am considering a project to address this; if interested, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And as always, any omissions are pure oversight and my responsibility.
Please send any notable oversights to the same address, and I will add them
before this is posted permanently on the Web.*
The dead in political actions and wars – Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza,
Balochistan, Somalia, Mexico, and too many others.
The dead in the earthquakes in Haiti, Indonesia, and Chile; the flooding in
Pakistan and Central Europe; the heatwave in Russia; and all other
disasters, natural and man-made.
The GLBTQ who took their own lives in response to intolerance, including
Tyler Clementi. It does get better.
The political activists and journalists who paid with their lives, including
Farzad Kamangar, Ehsan Fatahian, Alberta Carino, Jyri Jaakkola, the dead
journalists in Honduras, Orlando Zapata, Flo McGarrell, Arun Krishnaji
Kamble, Ramin Pourandarjani, and too many others.
The bullied and the abused, including Phoebe Prince.
All the lives, human and otherwise, lost or destroyed by the Deepwater
Horizon spill and the Kolontar aluminum sludge spill.
*Those whose death went unmourned. Let us mourn the nameless here.*
Isaac Bonewits — Pagan; Author, Druid, spokesperson, apologist, debater,
mage, friend, and Pagan elder.
Brenda “The Campy Aide” — Pagan; long-time member of Thalia Clan,
Indianapolis, IN. “The World’s Oldest Postulant.” *Miss ya, Bernie.*
Tom Bosley — TV actor; Howard Cunningham on “Happy Days”.
Bob Guccione — Publisher; founder of Penthouse and Omni magazines.
Tony Curtis — Actor; Oscar-nominated for “The Defiant Ones”, “Some Like It
Greg Giraldo — Comedian.
Billie Mae Richards — Actress; the voice of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Edwin Newman — Television journalist.
Harold Gould — Character actor. “The Sting”, “Rhoda”, others.
Ted Stevens — Politician; former US Senator from Alaska.
Morrie Yohai — Inventor of “Cheez Doodles”.
Gary Coleman — TV actor; Arnold on “Diff’rent Strokes”.
Dennis Hopper — Actor; “Easy Rider”, “Blue Velvet”, “Hoosiers”.
Lynn Redgrave — Actress;”Gods And Monsters”, “Georgy Girl”.
Malcolm McLaren — Punk, impresario and band manager; manager of the Sex
Pistols and Bow Wow Wow.
Wilma Mankiller — First female chief of the Cherokee Nation in modern
Meinhart Raabe — Actor; one of the last surviving Munchkins. Had a speaking
role as the Coroner of Munchkinland.
John Forsythe — TV actor; Blake Carrington on “Dynasty” and the voice of
Charlie on “Charlie’s Angels”.
Alex Chilton — Musician; lead singer of The Box Tops and founder of Big
Peter Graves — TV actor; “Mission, Impossible”.
Mark “Sparklehorse” Linkous — Musician.
Henry Wittenberg — Athlete; wrestling gold medal in 1948 and silver medal
in 1952 for the United States.
Merlin Olsen — Athlete and TV actor; member of the US Football Hall Of Fame
and actor in “Little House On The Prairie” and “Father Murphy”.
Corey Haim — Actor; “The Lost Boys”.
Andrew Koenig — TV actor, “Growing Pains”; son of Star Trek’s Walter
Lionel Jeffries — Actor; “Camelot”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “The Trial
Of Oscar Wilde”.
Ronald Howes — Inventor of the Easy-Bake Oven.
Kathryn Grayson — Movie actress and soprano; “Show Boat”, “Kiss Me Kate”.
John Babcock — Canada’s last known veteran of WWI.
Alexander Haig — Politician; Secretary Of State under US President Ronald
Fred Morrison — Inventor of the Frisbee flying disc.
Alexander McQueen — Fashion designer.
Ian Carmichael — Movie actor; “School For Scoundrels”, “Lucky Jim”.
John Murtha — Politician; US Representative from Pennsylvania.
Karen Schmeer — Film editor; “Fog Of War”.
Zelda Rubenstein — Actress; the psychic in “Poltergeist”.
JD Salinger — Author and famed recluse; “Catcher In The Rye”.
Casper — The famous bus-riding cat from London.
Jean Simmons — Actress; Ophelia in Olivier’s “Hamlet”.
Kate McGarrigle — Musician and singer.
Robert Parker — Author; creater of the “Spenser” series.
Glen W Bell Jr — Founder of Taco Bell.
Jimmy Lee “Jay Reatard” Lindsey — Garage-punk musician.
Teddy Pendergrass — R&B musician; “I Don’t Love You Anymore”.
Art Clokey — Creator of Gumby.
Brittany Murphy — Movie actress; “Clueless”.
Curtis Allina — Inventor; the man who put the head on Pez dispensers.
Ken Ober — TV personality; host of MTV’s “Remote Control”.
Edward Woodward — TV actor; “The Equalizer”.
Eric Woolfson — Musician; songwriter and vocalist for the Alan Parsons
James MacArthur — TV actor; “Hawaii Five-O”.
Denise Borino — TV actress; “The Sopranos”.
James Wall — TV actor; Mr Baxter on “Captain Kangaroo”.
Paul The Octopus — Prognosticating cephalopod.
James Phelps — Musician; gospel and soul singer, “Love Is A Five-Letter
Lamont Johnson — Actor and Emmy-winning film director; “Lincoln”.
Sylvia Sleigh — Painter, “The Turkish Bath”.
Joseph Stein — Playwright; “Fiddler On The Roof”, “Zorba”.
Fran Crippen — Athlete; member of US Swimming Team.
Alex Anderson — Animator; original creator of Rocky, Bullwinkle, and Dudley
Marion Brown — Musician; jazz saxophonist.
Micheal “Eyedea” Larson — Musician; rapper and free-styler.
Barbara Billingsley — TV and movie actress; “Leave It To Beaver”,
Simon MacCorkindale — TV and movie actor; “Falcon Crest”, “Death On The
Belva Plain — Author; “Evergreen”, “Crescent City”.
T Lavitz — Musician; keyboard player for the Grateful Dead and the Dixie
Stephen J Cannell — Television producer; “The A-Team”, “The Rockford
Arthur Penn — Film director; “Bonnie And Clyde”.
George Blanda — Athlete; football player, member of US Football Hall of
Eddie Fisher — Singer and actor; “Butterfield 8”.
Rich Cronin — Musician; lead singer, LFO.
Glenn Shadix — Actor; Otho Fenlock in “Beetlejuice”. *A personal note; I
had the pleasure of meeting Mr Shadix at an InConJunction some years ago. He
was gracious and a wonderful conversationalist; a true gentleman. — Dag*
Vance Bourjaily — Author; “Brill Among The Ruins”.
George David Weiss — Musician and songwriter; “Lullaby Of Birdland”, “I
Can’t Help Falling In Love With You”.
Michael Been — Musician; founder of The Call.
Bobby Thomson — Athlete; baseball player, “The Shot Heard Round The World”.
Robert Wilson — Musician; member of the Gap Band.
Gloria Winters — TV actress; “Sky King”.
Richie Hayward — Musician; founding drummer in Little Feat.
Dan Rostenkowski — Politician; former US Representative from Illinois.
Patricia Neal — Academy Award-winning actress; “Hud”.
Catfish Collins — Musician; guitarist for Parliament-Funkadel
Bobby Hebb — Songwriter and musician; “Sunny”.
Dan Resin — Actor; Dr Beeper in “Caddyshack”.
Lorene Yarnell — Mime; half of Shields And Yarnell.
Derf Scratch — Musician; bassist for Fear.
Larry Keith — TV actor; Nick on “All My Children”.
James Gammon — Movie actor; Manager Lou Brown in “Major League”.
George Steinbrenner — Sports figure; longtime owner of the New York
Harvey Pekar — Writer; comic book writer, “American Splendor”.
Tuli Kupferberg — Musician, poet, artist, and anarchist; co-founder of The
Bob Probert — Athlete; hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago
Allen Hoey — Poet; Pulitzer Prize nominee. “Country Music”.
Jimmy Dean — Musician and businessman; “Big Bad John” and sausage.
John Wooden — Coach; longtime coach and repeated national champion at UCLA.
Rue McClanahan — TV actress; “Maude”, “The Golden Girls”.
Peter Orlovsky – Poet; longtime lover and friend of Allan Ginsberg.
Jeanne Robinson – Dancer and author; wife of Spider Robinson, co-author of
the “Stardance” trilogy.
Art Linkletter – TV personality; “People Are Funny”.
Pat Stevens – TV actress; Nurse Baker on “MASH”.
Paul Grey – Musician; bassist of Slipknot.
Ronnie James Dio – Musician; Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Dio.
Aiyana Jones – Child; shot accidentally during a police raid in Detroit,
Frank Frazetta – Artist; known for his SF and fantasy-themed works.
Lena Horne – Actress, singer; “Stormy Weather”, “The Wiz”.
Robin Roberts – Athlete; pitcher, member of US Baseball Hall of Fame.
Edward “Jimmy” Gardner – Actor; Ernie Prang, driver of the Knight Bus, in
“Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban”.
Helen Wagner – TV actress; Nancy Hughes McClosky on “As The World Turns”.
Dorothy Provine – Dancer and actress; “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”.
Juan Antonio Samaranch – Sports figure; past president of the International
Keith “Guru” Elam – Musician; rapper and half of Gang Starr.
Peter Steele – Musician; lead vocalist and bassist for Type O Negative.
Dixie Carter – TV actress; “Designing Women”, “Diff’rent Strokes”.
Christopher Cazanove – Actor; “My Fair Lady”, “Dynasty”.
Chet Simmons – Television personality; first president of ESPN.
Robert Culp – Television actor; “I Spy”, “Greatest American Hero”,
“Everybody Loves Raymond”.
Fess Parker – Television actor; “Davy Crockett”.
Nan Martin – Television actress; Mrs Lauder on “The Drew Carey Show”.
Doug Fieger – Musician; lead vocalist of The Knack. “My Sharona”.
Caroline McWilliams – Television actor; Marcy Hill on “Benson”.
Mallia Franklin – Musician; vocalist with Parliament-Funkadelic.
Kage Baker – Author; “The Machine’s Child”, “The Sons Of Heaven”.
Howard Zinn – Historian; “A Peoples’ History Of The United States”.
Pernell Roberts – Television actor; “Trapper John MD”, “Bonanza”.
Brian Damage – Musician; drummer for The Misfits.
James “The Rev” Sullivan – Musician; drummer for Avenged Sevenfold.
Erik Gates – Television personality; rocketry expert on “Mythbusters”.
Alaina Reed Hall – Television personality; Olivia on “Sesame Street”.
Oral Roberts – Religious figure; evangelical preacher and founder of Oral
Chris Feinstein – Musician; bassist for Ryan Adams & The Cardinals.
Liam Clancy – Musician; last surviving member of the Clancy Brothers.
Robert Holdstock – Author; “Mythago Wood”.
The 29 miners killed in the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, West
The 8 people killed in the San Bruno, California, gas explosion.